Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, March 23, 2015

Creative Alternatives in #Writing

Are you looking for alternatives that incorporate writing but are more creative and rigorous?  Try the RAFT Strategy.
Perhaps you would like your students to write a paragraph about the solar system (the topic you have been teaching in class). This is a standard, lower-level assignment that requires students to restate or summarize the information that you have covered. We can increase the rigor and teach point of view using the RAFT strategy (Santa, Havens, & Macumber, 1996). RAFT stands for role, audience, format, and topic. Using this strategy, students assume a role, such as an astronaut, and write from that perspective to a more authentic audience, such as a people who read his online blog. In this case, students are required to understand the topic at a higher level in order to complete the task.

                                                RAFT Examples

White Blood Cell

Red Blood Cell

Romantic Letter

I Will Keep You Safe

Prepositional Phrase


Persuasive Speech

How I Can Help You Express Yourself

US Supreme Court
Appeal Speech
Dred Scott Decision
Television Audience
Wonders of eggs
Treble Clef

A terrific example of RAFT in Action for math classrooms is found in this article.  It's really a great way to motivate students and engage them in understanding math concepts.  

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